As I wait for Eminem to put out a new record, I'm learning more about the west coast/east coast world of rap. Some pretty nasty, powerfully real shit. Mostly autobiographical, as most authentic, passionate music is, the words of Biggie, Snoop, Tupac, Dre, Combs, and Mr. Mathers reveal the lives they've lived.
And in a twisted feedback loop, they hyperbolize those lives, and deaths.
Modern poets, however vulgar, they speak the truth of the coastal streets.
POSTED BY DANIEL EDLEN
10/20/2008 01:09:00 PM
Good post. I'm not a fan of rap by any extent, I can listen to some stuff, i.e. NWA, but in small doses. A lot of people slam the genre because they think it's crap, but a lot of it is most definitely art and good poetry. I think the genre may have declined a bit focusing on ridiculous and degrading topics but like you mentioned, the more serious rappers certainly wrote poetry.
Thanks Jeff! I think as any genre gets huge commercial success, the industry pumps out pop fluff that create a lotta noise. It happened recently with country too after Garth Brooks broke out so big. So, it's just that now there's a lot of rap noise. The thing that sucks is it's the noise in these situations that get the most promotion, publicity and commercial airplay. Makes it more challenging to dig for the real. Thank goodness for the Internet!
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